I just read the following piece about the caste system in India and am saddened about it.
68 Years have gone by, 3 generations have elapsed and it is embarrassing to see the untouchability and mistreatment of Dalits in India.
US immigration should give first priority to the downtrodden students who have aspirations to be the best, if Indians are prejudiced, let them not have the best minds like Rohit Vemula, and let us have them here in the US with us.
Every one of us Indian American ought to be ashamed. We get all the privileges and demand them, and thanks to the laws of the nations, we get them. By the way, it is not a Modi problem, it has been there for centuries and it is time to speak out against it. Modi can certainly take the lead; I have not given up on him, even though he has remained silent when evil things have happened in our country giving them no discouragement.
In the early 60's, our town got the water tower for the first time, and water lines were laid out and public taps were set in corners of a few streets. We had to carry a bucket or tumbler to the street corners to collect water from the public tap. I feel sad, even now as I think about it, the way the Dalits were treated there. There were two lines - one for all of us and the other for the Dalits, and they did not get their turn until all are exhausted on the other line. You should have seen their faces, when the others washed the faucet several times before they collected the water, as if Dalits have contaminated the tap. It was humiliating, and I have fought for their right to take the turn in the line.... I have been blessed, no on fought back with me, isn't this is what it takes to stop bullying? Just speak up.
I hope, at least when you visit India, you speak up and change the world around you. If you do, you deserve to feel good about yourselves.